I talk avidly with the Obama campaign office.
Thought that title might get your attention. ha.
Next Monday the Delaware River Basin Commission will vote on whether to allow fracking in that area. The commission is state and federal. The 5 voting members of the commission are the governors of the states involved and a representative sent by the President. This is a crucial vote.
"The Delaware is the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi, flowing freely for 330 miles as it travels from New York state, through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Delaware’s 13,539 square mile watershed is only about four-tenths of one percent of the continental U.S. land area, but it supplies water to five percent of the nation’s population — over 15 million people." (from Help Save the Delaware River)
The governors from PA and NJ will vote for fracking; DE Governor has been on the fence and NY will vote against fracking. The deciding vote could be the one cast by the representative of the President. The person he has chosen is the Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers. Pressure has been put on him, and on the DE governor. Our group was having people make calls to Obama's campaign office, to urge him to vote No.
When I called there, the guy I spoke with told me that the President had nothing to do with the vote!! He told me it was just the 4 governors voting. He also said that the Obama team were all against fracking, but could not do anything and I should blame the Republicans. I did get his name, so I called him back with the correct information. We were arguing. He got angry and said I must be a Republican. That was silly because the Republicans are for fracking. I called a third time and spoke with a young woman. I calmed down because she was actually listening. I gave her the facts because she actually knew nothing about this commission and thought I was talking about the tar sands.
My impression is that Obama is trying to stay under the radar on this one and hopes that people will not realize that he holds a crucial vote on the matter, which happens to be a huge matter. It will affect the drinking water, among other things, of over 15 million people! Will he blame the Republicans?
They made sure that they got my name and phone number. If they check it out, they will find that I am a frequent voter and registered Democrat.